‘Short-changed’ on car parking
THE Townsville community has been short-changed on car parks, townsville City Councillor David Crisafulli says.
He said the council’s 1.5 car park per residential unit — be it one bedroom, three bedroom or bigger — fell well short.
‘‘One car park per bedroom should be the minimum requirement,’’ Cr Crisafulli said.
Cr Crisafulli said the inadequate car parking arrangement meant unit occupants were often forced to park in the street, blocks away from their homes.
‘‘And people in the surrounding areas, many who have been there for a long time, suddenly have cars out the front of their homes,’’ he said.
Council’s current residential u n i t c a r p a r k i n g p o l i c y threatened to ruin Townsville’s lifestyle, Cr Crisafulli said.
‘‘We need to make sure our minimum standard is in line with the kind of Townsville we want to create tomorrow,’’ he said.
‘‘I understand some developers will jump up and down and scream blue murder, but we have to stand firm.
‘‘It needs us to have a bit of courage and stand up t o developers and say: we are trying to create a Townsville where we don’t have traffic problems and (vehicle congestion) and we expect the developers t o play a part.’’
Cr Crisafulli said if council continued its 1.5 car park policy Townsville risked losing the ‘liveable factor that makes our area very special’.
He said a three-bedroom unit in Townsville most probably housed three occupants with three cars.
‘‘We are not a Sydney or Melbourne where people catch a tram (or public transport) to work,’’ he said.
But Townsville City Council Neighbourhood and Strategic Planning Committee chairman Cr John Robertson rejected Cr Crisafulli’s suggestion.
‘‘We require 1.5 car parks per (residential) unit — any further requirements for parking will be based on proper research and benchmarking, not policy on the run like David is suggesting,’’ Cr Robertson said.
‘‘Is he also proposing four and five bedroom homes provide four and five car parks?’’
Townsville City Council tripled the developer contribution in lieu of car parking in the inner city and Aitkenvale in August this year.
Developers must pay $37,000 for each car parking bay not provided for on new developments.
The move aimed to encourage developers to provide adequate on-site car parking.
But Cr Crisafulli said this should be an ‘absolutely last resort’ option.
Furthermore, he said it should only be accepted by council if the council could build the car park shortfall in the immediate area.